I’m sorry to be a killjoy, but I’m having a hard time supporting the Pope on this issue.
Heaven knows I don’t trust the secular media. I’ve read some really excellent publications by Catholics refuting a lot of the hyperbole regarding the sex scandal and realize that the stats are wildly exaggerated by the secular press. I was born and raised Protestant, and I know for a fact, based on incidents that happened to others in my own church, that Protestant pastors and youth workers have been sinning against children for decades, but they dismiss their pastors when it becomes known and hush up the crime. I know that there are many incidents of sexual abuse of children and teenagers in public schools, but these are also hushed up. And I agree with the conclusion that most of the abuse cases in the U.S. are not pedophilia, but are homosexuality involving post-pubescent young men.
So I’m not one of these “modernist quasi-Catholics” who is looking for an excuse to disregard the Church teachings.
However, it really seems to me that Joseph Ratzinger was complicit in allowing known sex child and teen predators to continue to work in parish churches, and I personally think that this was wrong. I think he’s dismissing this whole scandal as something that the decadent Americans have trumped up, and he’s trying to get out of taking any responsibility. He’s thinking that if he denies it long enough, it will be true that he really didn’t do anything wrong.
Yes, I realize that he is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and the reigning Vicar of Christ. I also realize that he is a sinful man.
What is the argument refuting all this? Can you link me to refutable papers or articles in which it is made clear that Joseph Ratzinger was not involved in any of the hushing up? I don’t care to sign a petition that just sweeps evil under the carpet and ignores it.
If he DID hush up crimes and move the priests to other parishes, I believe he is complicit and should be prosecuted in the secular courts and I think it would be best for him to resign. Harsh words, I know. So convince me that I’m wrong about this.